Jul 26, 2015 07:55 PM EDT
The Bad News: The HTC One M8 WILL NOT get an Android Lollipop 5.1.1 update.
The Good News: It’s going to update straight to the Android M.
In spite of the fact that the HTC One M8 is considered an old-generation model, it looks like it’s getting the Android M treatment ahead of the pack. While such a jump in the update “generation” is reserved only for current-generation flagship models, it’s definitely great news for HTC One M8 users.
Currently, HTC’s flagship models are HTC One M9 and the HTC One M9+. It would have been expected to see these two models get the Android M treatment first, but in a surprise move, HTC apparently included the HTC One M8.
Aside from the other great features about the Android M already discussed in previous articles, two features stand out for the Android M that’s rolling out on HTC’s: “Doze,” and the feature where a user can delete all previously-used connections, including Bluetooth.
In reviews of the HTC One M8, users have complained about the Bluetooth connectivity bug. One of the possible fixes for it would be to clear all the previous connections used. This new feature on the Android M may address that HTC One M8 flaw.
On the other hand, the HTC One M8 is also plagued with a non-removable 2600 mAh Li-Po battery. This means that the user can’t swap batteries if it drains out while they’re on the road. While they could definitely use a powerbank to address that need, a way to set the phone on “Power Saver” mode should be in order.
HTC One M8 users have also noted the lack of an “Extreme Power Saving” mode on the phone, which was enjoyed on other models. “Doze” might help address this, and help keep the battery from draining too fast, as “Doze” practically shuts off all the battery-draining background processes that sap up a device’s battery. Only when crucial files come in, or the user picks up the phone and uses it, will the phone wake up.
Thus, it is, indeed, a better call for HTC to give the HTC One M8 an “upgrade leap,” as it looks like features of the Android M will address major flaws on the device.
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